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Wm.Elliot

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Posted: 11/11/20 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You've had a spell of injuries - glad it all worked out and was not expensive. We've traveled in Mexico by motorcycle recently and we always carry medical evacuation insurance - it's about $500 a year. The first 5 times we purchased Medivac without realizing they will not go into level 4 states in Mexico - currently Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. We found another - Geos Medivac - they will bring us back to a hospital of our choice from all states in Mexico.
One thing about the stings - I don't know if it is still bad as it was in Sinaloa 15 years ago - the Africanized bees there were an all too common sight. Those bees are bad news even for folks without allergies.





Talleyho69

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We haven't looked into evacuation insurance because we have no place to be evacuated to!!!

During the time that the Africanized bees were a serious problem here, we heard about two couples, then met them a couple of weeks later, that had been attacked by them while parked for lunch near Pinotepa Nacional. Fortunately they were very very close to a military base and hospital who took care of them. The women were hospitalized over night. They didn't have enough drugs to fully treat the men and when we met them in Puerto Escondito they were having a lot of issues and were working with a doctor.

Scary stuff!!

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Epi,s area available. But not in small towns. That private hospital should be able to order one.

Talleyho69

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Everything I am reading says they are not available here, the drug is heavily controlled. Besides the fact that they cost a LOT and have a short shelf life.

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Talleyho69 wrote:

Thanks for that information.

Have you checked out liquid Benadryl? It's supposed to get into your system faster.


I am sorry but I have not. I have heard that it is suppose to work faster and purchased some but have not had to use it. The first time I was stung I ended up in the hospital and they used an IV. Since then I have been stung once and used the benedril immediately. I waited awhile, kept talking and started having hoarseness. I got the epi out and waited another couple minutes and it started getting better. I don't think I would do that again. As soon as the hoarseness started I should use the epi.

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Lou; Seeing we now winter in Mazatlan, curious to know which hospital?

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Talleyho69 wrote:

Everything I am reading says they are not available here, the drug is heavily controlled. Besides the fact that they cost a LOT and have a short shelf life.


I carry an Epi pen. My Dr said as long as it is still clear and discolored, it is good. With the cost of them, she recommended I hang on to it. Each prescription comes with two so I may have to use two in case of an emergency, but she always said if I have to use one, use it right away and get in the car and head for the emergency room and use the other en route if I have to.


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In a very short time our medical prices will be as cheap as foreign countries.

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I so hope that you are correct. It's time for a change!

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Reading all of this, I should point out that it all free in Canada. My wife went through 2 years of chemo and only had to pay for parking. Having said that, I have had good reasonable care in Mexico. Since I only spend 6 months a year ther (this season excluded) I did sign up for Skymed.

On another subject, the guy who runs the hot dog stand outside a Canadian Tire here in abbotsford is donating a kidney to a customer. A stranger. There are some very good people out there. They are raising money to cover his time off work. I can donate to that.

On edit if you are interested, PM me and I will give you the link. They have raised 10k of a 15k goal. Sounds like a lot, but he has to shut his business down for 2 months. The medical costs involved are covered under Canada's universal health care

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